Two years ago, aged just 59, Pete was diagnosed with younger onset dementia.
His symptoms are progressing so rapidly that father and sons’ roles have been reversed.
Pete now relies on his three boys to show him all the things that he once taught them.
Discovering that there is nothing they can do to stop what is happening to their dad has been heartbreaking for Josh, Ben and Jacob. It’s a challenge thousands of Australian families have to face, and they need your help.
For Josh and Ben, one of the most painful things is knowing that their little brother, Jacob, is having such a different childhood to theirs.
Jacob is only 12, but with his big brothers no longer living at home, he does everything he can to help their mum care for Pete – cooking meals, guiding his dad through their daily routines, and showing him, every day, how loved he is.
"Sometimes it makes me really upset to see Dad like this because I know that's not who he was. But the way I feel about Dad will never change. He has always been there for me and I will always be there for him." Says Jacob.
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